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General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Re: Another cleaner
« Last post by Digerati on Today at 02:50:10 PM »
I always have mixed feelings about cleaner reviews. If the objective is to see how much disk space can be recovered, or which cleans more files, CCleaner rarely ever wins. But IMO, one of CCleaner's better selling points has always been that it is NOT overly aggressive. Overly aggressive cleaners have always scared me - and with good reason. They've a history of breaking computers. I personally have never had CCleaner break a computer.

I wonder if freeing up 278MB more than CCleaner is really a game changer when 256GB drives are considered small these days?

It would be nice to see a current review. I note that one is from 2013. It seems to me if people liked PrivaZer better, it would be much more popular and well-known by now. I don't remember hearing about it before either.

CCleaner claims to have been downloaded over 2 billion times, PrivaZer claims 150,000 "PC" (not PCs  ::) ) cleaned every month. I don't know who's right or what either claim really means but clearly CCleaner is much more popular and there's usually a good reason for that - namely that it works.

I wish I could find a comparison of the free version of PrivaZer vs PrivaZer "Donors version".

I also wish Dave's review compared both to Windows' own, Disk Cleanup so we had some baseline.

Me? I'm sticking with CCleaner.
General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Re: Another cleaner
« Last post by Corrine on Today at 01:57:55 PM »
First I've heard about it.  Found this review:  Security and this comparison to CCleaner: CCleaner vs PrivaZer – Which is more effective? | Daves Computer Tips
And as seen in your image, 1.15 GB has been stolen... err... is being "shared" for graphics. That's where it is going. It does not mean that 1.15GB is always gone, but it will be at times, depending on the current task being run. But since Windows and Windows programs are pretty graphics oriented, that may be most of the time.

If your system performance is unsatisfactory, I recommend you invest in a graphics card. You don't have to spend a lot of money. In fact, just about any budget card (<$50) will make a significant difference. For one, with this being such an old system, just about any current card will likely have a faster graphics processor. And for another, it will come with its own dedicated graphics RAM, thus freeing up that stolen... err... shared RAM.

And if you stay on the budget side, it is likely your current power supply will be able to support it. Since you currently are running with 256MB of dedicated graphics memory, I would recommend a card with that at the very least. But 512MB or even 1GB would be better.

And you don't have to do anything special. No RAM is "shared" when a card is detected. Just install it and boot. Just be sure to unplug the computer from the wall and touch bare metal of the case interior BEFORE reaching in to discharge any static in your body first.

Since it is likely any PCIe slot has gone unused for many years, I would have a can of dusting gas (incorrectly called "canned air") handy to blast out any dust accumulation. If really bad, consider folding up a crisp, clean dollar bill ($1s work, $100s are more fun! ;)) and stuff the folded edge into the slot, rubbing back and forth. Surprisingly, dollar bills make for great electrical contact cleaners (I was actually taught that in Tech School). They are rough enough but not too rough, and they leave no lint or residues behind - even when used with electrical contact cleaner - which I would use too in your situation (but then I keep that stuff on hand).
General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Another cleaner
« Last post by plodr on Today at 01:42:38 PM »
I just read about PrivaZer today.

Has anyone tried this? If so, I'm curious about feedback.
I don't have a fancy card. I did look the other day but there isn't much you can do. It's Nvidia and I don't have any Control Center as far as I can see.
Here's what I see. Since I've never changed anything, I wouldn't have a clue how or what to try and tweak. The driver has been the same since 2009 when the computer was purchased.

When I booted into the XP side, I checked and it is the same avaiable RAM as the 7 side 2.75 GB.
Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: usable RAM mysteriously dropped
« Last post by Digerati on February 20, 2018, 01:44:09 PM »
I would look at your graphics properties first.
Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: usable RAM mysteriously dropped
« Last post by plodr on February 20, 2018, 12:23:34 PM »
Thanks for furthering my education on RAM guys. I'll either learn to live with it or I'll restore Windows to an early Feb. image and see if it changes. I still haven't decided yet.
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